Weekend Best Bets: March 31–April 2

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities area

Friday, March 31

Pig Roast

What: The Psycho Luau: Pig Roast and Dinner Show
When: 7­–9:30 p.m.
Where: Psycho Suzi’s, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis
Drums and Samoan warrior dances echo the Polynesian, hip-shaking culture that inspires this restaurant that serves American bar fare—plus, tonight, a dinner of pig roast and rum-infused tiki cocktails. It’s a start-of-spring luau featuring Kona beer, from Hawaii’s Big Island, and communal seating so that guests can bring large groups of friends. Learn more

Minneapolis R&B

What: Nobody Said That It Was Easy Release Party
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fine Line Music Café, 318 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis
Maple Grove singer-songwriter Eric Gordon put aside a career in contemporary Christian music to write this R&B-pop album, about togetherness and opposition, the year after he appeared on American Idol. Now he celebrates its release with a concert featuring guests from Minneapolis: pop musician Breanne Düren and “vibey-folk” duo The Prams. Learn more


Saturday, April 1

Your Taste in (of?) Art

What: “I Am” Gallery
When: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: The Show Gallery Lowertown, 346 N. Sibley St., St. Paul
How many art shows have you attended that deploy a team of gastronomists? Every work is paired with food and drink, interactive maps, and time-lapse videos for a “4-dimensional experience.” After Friday’s opening, collage artist Kristi Abbott hosts a show exploring her identity as a Minnesotan woman since moving here from Australia. Learn more

Family-Friendly Fair

What: Maplewood’s Annual Day of Laughter
When: 4­–6 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Community Center YMCA, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood
Celebrate April Fools’ Day with family activities, including an interactive show from the award-winning team Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in Maplewood’s Laughter Museum, a joke swap challenge, the entertaining science of the 3M Visiting Wizards, and root beer floats. Mayor Nora Slawik will appear, along with artists from programming initiative KID CITY. Learn more


Sunday, April 2

Wrapped Up in Whiskey

What: Whiskey On Ice
When: 1:30–8 p.m.
Where: The Depot, 225 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Check the numbers: more than 100 international distilleries, 338 whiskeys, 800 whiskey lovers—at this third annual whiskey celebration. Before the Grand Tasting, with complimentary food stations, master distillers host seminars on Minnesota and Illinois whiskeys. A silent auction raises money for the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wind. Learn more

Get Moving in the Morning

What: Spartan Race Workout Tour
When: 8:30­–10:30 a.m.
Where: Obstacle Academy, 7399 Bush Lake Road, Edina
Coach Andi Hardy directs you through body-weight movements in a free, indoor workout designed to teach you new training techniques and prep you for your next race. No experience? Hardy works with all skill levels and physical abilities. Just bring a water bottle, a towel, some friends, and a signed waiver—and get a complimentary T-shirt. Learn more

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